|Birth: ||Apr. 5, 1888|
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 1941|
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in June 1909 and initially served on battleships, punctuated by a tour with the Asiatic Squadron, 1911 to 1914. During World War I, he served as an Engineering Officer on the battleship USS Rhode Island. After the war he was a Naval Academy instructor also served on the battle ships USS Minnesota and Maryland. Promoted Commander, he served at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. and commanded Destroyer Squadron Five, 1928 to 1936. In 1938, he was promoted Captain of the Third Naval District and became Commanding Officer of the battleship USS Arizona stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in February 1941. During the attack on the US Fleet, Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941, Captain Van Valkenburgh gallantly commanded the USS Arizona until magazine explosions and a direct bomb hit on the bridge resulted in the loss of his life. For conspicuous devotion to duty and extraordinary courage, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The destroyer USS Van Valkenburgh (DD-656), was named in his honor. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)
Note: Entered the service from New York.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
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Record added: Dec 06, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10053219
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Thank-you for your sacrifice.|
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Thanking you on this Memorial Day.-One of your Van Valkenburgh family|
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